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  • Provenance

    The Fraser Gallery, Washington, D.C.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the essay "Sandra Ramos: Living Bridge," curator and art historian Susana Torruella Leval writes:

    "Ramos transforms herself endlessly through her work. As a red-uniformed niña pionera (pioneer girl), during the early '90s, she explored the limits of her island world as a public school student (described by her as 'andar sin pies ni manos,' 'advancing without hands and feet') in post-Revolutionary Cuba. During the island’s 'Special Period' (Período Especial en Tiempo de Paz), c. 1992-6, following the dissolution of the USSR, Ramos metamorphosed into a water creature – half-fish, half-siren – navigating a silent underground world of extreme need, painful partings, long separations, death."

    Though made a decade later in 2003, the collage-drawing Por más que corra no llego (No matter how much I run I can't arrive) bears a certain kinship to the hybrid water creature Torruella Leval describes. A serenely smiling image of the artist rises from a colorful oversized snail shell, paradoxically surrounded by a halo of small legs, each running in its own direction. As the 2000s advanced Torruella Leval wrote , "Ramos pursued a scrutiny of her society with relentless determination. Ever darker works (2004-8) captured the uncertainty of quotidian life in Cuba." Por más que corra no llego may be understood as a moment's pause, with a touch of rueful humor, before darker visions take hold.

A SELECTION OF CUBAN CONTEMPORARY ART CUBA

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Por más que corra no llego

2003
charcoal, watercolor and copper on wove paper
39 1/2 x 27 in. (100.3 x 68.6 cm.)
Signed, titled and dated "Por más que corra no llego. S Ramos 03" left edge.

Estimate
$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $6,875

Contact Specialist
Laura González
Head of Latin America Sale
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Latin America

New York 21 November 2013 4pm